Americans for Prosperity Florida is applauding a House bill brought forward on Thursday that would eliminate economic development programs like Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida, as well as other subsidy programs. The subjects has been a source of tension between Governor Rick Scott, who has aggressively defended the programs and fiscal conservatives in the house.
“The time has come to eliminate corporate welfare in Florida,” said AFP state director, Chris Hudson. “Floridians don’t deserve for their tax dollars to be used to recruit businesses to compete against them. They don’t deserve the millions of dollars in waste that produced an abysmal return on investment which is contrary to what politicians of the past promised would come.”
The controversy over the programs stems from a measurement of return of investment over taxpayer dollars. The Governor has insisted that the state’s recent success in job creation and tourism wouldn’t be possible without those public-private partnership and has included millions in his annual budget for them. House Republicans and some Democrats have had questions over the transparency of those operations, including the recent Visit Florida controversy with rap Superstar Pitbull, who’s contract, which ultimately was not made available to lawmakers lead to the head of the agency stepping down, before Pitbull himself disclosed he was paid $1 million dollars to promote the state.
“Once these cuts are made, Florida lawmakers should focus those resources on real infrastructure needs and make further cuts to burdensome regulations, or empower taxpayers and entrepenuers by giving that money back to them.” added Hudson.